Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Paris Flea Market Sidewalk Sale announcement & pics from Alameda

It was a beautiful day on the tarmac today in Alameda. So much so that we had our jackets off by 10 am and I got really, really burnt on my arms. But we had such a blast walking the aisles and looking for goodies. I got 2 silver trays, an ironstone platter, a small table with 2 drawers that I will be painting and shabbying up, a little step stool, a great botanical print, an antique window, and much more!

A lot of it will be for resale, when I debut my latest venture, A PARIS FLEA MARKET Sidewalk Sale by Reese & Marie on November 1st at my home.

I will be featuring repurposed items, chalkboards, painted cottage style furniture, cake stands, lavender, shabby items, beautiful handmade beaded jewelry designed by my sister, Jonna, and much much more. It is my first foray into resale and I can only hope it goes well and I actually make a little profit. I will of course cover it in my blog, but if any of you live near Berkeley, CA, I am only about 20 minutes up the road and I would love to meet you!
Now back to Alameda. I took some pictures of my favorite booths and hope you enjoy them:

These first pictures are from an adorable shop in Roseville, CA called The Tattered House . Just adorable stuff and the owners were really friendly. They have a blog also, so check it out.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I saw this settee with burlap sides! I have seen this in magazines, but never in the flesh and I was swooning! I so want to recover my funky old chair in my family room like this!

This last pic is of grain sack custom hand made pillows and lampshades, by Carmela Janssen. Her home was featured in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion Mag a couple of years ago. Beautiful work but at $100 per pillow, a bit out of my price range.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Take care,


Joy said...

Best of luck on your Paris Flee Market adventure. I hope you have a lot of success!

Thank you so much for showing all those wonderful pictures. I've wanted to use burlap on furniture too, but I wondered if it would shed all over every time you sat on it.

Joy said...

oh, and I like your collection of chalkboards too! I think that I need to make more for my house.

Layla said...

I love the letters, the grainsack lamps and the burlap-sided setee the most!
I'm excited to hear about your venture into resale...can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve.

The Lettered Cottage

Wendy said...

I love this stuff. Do you have any idea which issue of ME Home Companion Carmella Janssen was in? I have all my back issues, but I can't seem to find it. (Yeah, I'm a little obsessed with that Mag) Thanks!

Laurel MacD said...

Oh, I loved in Alameda for five years and now miss it dearly.

Inspired Kara said...

My heart is melting....

every single item in this post spoke to me.

thanks for the inspiration

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Kari said...

Wendy, here is the link to the article, I'm still not sure which issue it was and this doesn't seem to say. I will dig through my back issues later tonight but here is the link to the article:

Kari said...


it's the above address and where it cuts off it's supposed to say shades_of_adornment.asp

No.35style said...

How fun would it be to shop here! Lucky!

Anonymous said...


Would you have any idea how to reach Carmela Janssen? I want to purchase some grain sack lamp shades and can't locate her. Your site is fabulous and I see you also mention the lamp shades. Your site is inspiring me to try my hand at redoing my house!
My contact is Hope to hear from you! Thanks.

Colleen Hickey said...

Great photos, great blog!
FYI Carmella Janssen has gone wholesale. I'm carrying her beautiful pillows in my shop in Santa Cruz.